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Alexander, Alexander [Alick] (1849–1928), promoter of physical education, was born in Liverpool on 14 May 1849, the second son of W. C. Alexander, a chief carpenter in the Royal Navy who had settled in Liverpool at the end of his period of service. Following an education at ...

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Badham, Charles (1813–1884), classical scholar and promoter of education, was born on 18 July 1813 at Ludlow, Shropshire, the fourth son of Charles Badham (1780–1845), regius professor of medicine in the University of Glasgow from 1827 and amateur classicist, and his first wife, ...

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Donnelly, Sir John Fretcheville Dykes (1834–1902), army officer and promoter of scientific education, born in the Bay of Bombay on 2 July 1834, was the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Donnelly (1802–1881), deputy adjutant-general of the Bombay army, and from 1851 staff captain and afterwards staff officer at the ...

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William Fox (1736–1826) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1827 © reserved

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Fox, William (1736–1826), founder of the Sunday School Society, was born at Clapton, Gloucestershire, on 14 February 1736, the youngest of the eight children of James Fox (d. 1738/9), tenant farmer on Clapton Manor estate. Left fatherless, the eldest son took over the farm, while ...

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Greswell, Richard (1800–1881), college teacher and promoter of church schools, born at Denton, Lancashire, on 22 July 1800, was the fourth son of a family of seven sons and two daughters of the Revd William Parr Greswell (d. 1854) and his wife, Anne Hague (1766–1841)...

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Holland, Francis James (1828–1907), promoter of Anglican girls' schools, was born in London on 20 January 1828, the second son of Sir Henry Holland, bt (1788–1873), the celebrated royal physician, and his first wife, Margaret Emma (d. 1830), daughter of James Caldwell...

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Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement, was born on 4 November 1740 at Portwood Hall estate, near Stockport, Cheshire, the son of John Mayer, yeoman farmer (d. 1775), and his wife, Hannah. Educated at a good country school, ...

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Mimpriss, Robert (1797–1875), Sunday school worker, was born at Deptford, Kent, on 14 January 1797, into a devout home of Welsh origin. His father was an official in Deptford Dockyard, and had nine sons, of whom Robert and Thomas, afterwards a surgeon, alone survived infancy. After education at a ...

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Owen, Sir Hugh (1804–1881), campaigner for education in Wales, was born on 14 January 1804 at Y Foel, Llangeinwen, Anglesey, the eldest of the four children of Owen Owen (c.1780–c.1860), farmer, and his wife, Mary (1780–1862), daughter of Owen Jones...

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Polier, Charles Godefroy Étienne de (1753–1782), tutor and founding member of a learned society, was born in Lausanne, in the Pays de Vaud, Switzerland, on 11 June 1753, the elder son of four children of (Jean) Antoine Noé de Polier, seigneur de Bottens...

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Porter, Josias Leslie (1823–1889), missionary and promoter of Irish education, born on 4 October 1823, was the youngest son of William Porter of Carrowan, parish of Burt, co. Donegal, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Leslie of Drumgowan in the same parish. The father farmed several ...

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Raikes, Robert (1736–1811), promoter of Sunday schools, was born at Gloucester on 14 September 1736 and baptized on 24 September. He was the eldest of six sons, followed by one daughter, of Robert Raikes (bap. 1690, d. 1757), printer, and his third wife, ...

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Robert Raikes (1736–1811) by George Romney, 1784–8 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reynolds, John Henry (1842–1927), promoter of technological education, was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 8 February 1842, the son and eldest of eleven children of John Reynolds, a bootmaker, and his wife, Sarah, née Hilton. He attended the Lower Mosley Street day school of the ...

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Smith, Sir Swire (1842–1918), promoter of technical education, was born on 4 March 1842 at Wagon Fold, Keighley, Yorkshire, the elder son of the four children of George Smith (1812–1902), a machine maker, and his wife, Mary Swire, of yeoman stock. He was educated at the local national school and at ...

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Thomson, James [Diego] (1788–1854), evangelist and school promoter, was born in Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 1 September 1788, the youngest of three sons of William Thomson, school teacher in Creetown, and Janet Burnet. He studied theology in Glasgow, where he was exposed to the Scottish evangelical revival. He was particularly influenced by the preachers ...